Room for the River Deventer: Almost Finished!

I had not picked the best day to go to Deventer. When I came out of the station the drizzle had just begun to turn into more serious rainfall. But I have nevertheless made a little tour across the railway bridge, past De Worp and across Wilhelminabridge, to see how the Room for the River project was progressing. The project for which I made this animation and that by now is almost finished.

Mirror pond

From the railway bridge, there’s a great view of one of the new channels that will provide a better flow during high water levels. And at the same time Deventer also has a beautifull new mirror pond:

room for the rivier deventer, the city, the channel and park De Worp
The new channel and the city

Nature reserve

On the other side of the railway bridge is the Ossenwaard nature reserve. Work is still going on here, but apart from a couple of dams which have yet to be broken, the project seems to be nearly finished here as well, as is shown in this serene picture:

room for the river deventer: the ossenwaard
The Ossenwaard floodplains

Ferry Pier

At De Worp, near the IJssel Hotel, there’s still one last element to be built: the ferry pier. This construction which will refer to the legendary pontoon bridge which used to be located here:

Room for the River Deventer: work on the pier for the ferry
Pontoon bridge abutment

On the left is the abutment of the old pontoon bridge. The first piles have been drilled into the ground. But if I want to see the work completed I have to come back in a few months. Hopefully under better weather circumstances…

UPDATE: and indeed, a few months later, the weather was much better…

Other Room for the River projects: NijmegenNoordwaard – IJsseldelta

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